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Sept. 29, 2017, Alexandria, VA – Plant retailers have a new tool to help boost sales.
August 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – At the end of May, I visited several urban agriculture ventures in Pomona, California, with Robert Puro of Seedstock, a Los Angeles-based social venture fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture.
July 13, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – If you asked plant retailers to give you the most common question they get asked by consumers each spring, we’re sure “what’s new?” would be near or at the top of the list.
July 7, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – The NatureFresh™ Farms’ mobile greenhouse tour is still on schedule despite some sizzling summer heat being experienced in the U.S. Midwest.
Feb. 27, 2017 – Proven Winners® has launched an all-new flagship video as a key element of their consumer marketing campaign for 2017. Posted on the Proven Winners ColorChoice® Facebook page the video has been viewed over 700,000 times in just two weeks.Produced by Fairly Painless Advertising based in Holland, Michigan, the consumer-focused video puts the viewer directly in the shoes of someone planting a garden, inspiring them to create their own spaces using flowering shrubs.  The video helps consumers understand that Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs are unique, colourful, and easy to grow. It conveys a message of confidence, that gardening can be a fun and creative, and that every garden is a reflection of an individual’s personal style. “Our main goal for creating this new video is to build confidence and to share the message that Proven Winners varieties break the traditional paradigm that shrubs are dull, green and unmemorable,” said Tim Wood, product development and marketing manager for Proven Winners ColorChoice. “With over 270 unique shrubs in the ColorChoice line, retailers can create a customized Proven Winners program tailored for their climate and clientele.”The video features many unique shrubs including: 'Aphrodite' sweetshrub, Sonic Bloom® Pearl reblooming weigela, Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr.' dwarf butterfly bush, Let's Dance® Big Easy® reblooming hydrangea, Invincibelle® Spirit II hydrangea, Oso Easy® carefree roses, Sprinter® boxwood, Sugar Shack® buttonbush, 'Sweet Summer Love' fragrant clematis and Lavender Chiffon® rose of Sharon.ABOUT PROVEN WINNERS COLOURCHOICEProven Winners® ColorChoice®is the brand name of Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc., a market leader in flowering shrubs, potted liners, and starter plants. Located in Grand Haven, Michigan, Spring Meadow Nursery has over 500 varieties in their catalogue, including over 240 varieties marketed under the Proven Winners ColorChoice brand, including Incrediball®hydrangea, Lo & Behold® butterfly bush, Bloomerang®reblooming lilac, and ‘Sweet Summer Love’ clematis. For more information, visit www.ProvenWinners-Shrubs.com and www.SpringMeadowNursery.com.
Feb.  9, 2017, Toronto – Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your lover, family or friend just how special they are.
September 2017 – Millennials are changing the way plants are sold, and the more you understand those changes the more plants you’ll sell.
July 14, 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – When organizations invite me to speak at their conferences or train their team members, we start with trends that are impacting their customer relationships. Check out these four customer service trends along with some tips for capitalizing on them to boost your business.
May 12, 2017, Montreal – Retail icon and philanthropist Aldo Bensadoun has stepped forward with a visionary gift to his alma mater, McGill University, aimed at creating new knowledge and developing leaders for the rapidly changing retail industry.
March April 2017 – Questioning whether social media and mobile marketing should be part of your plan? Consider this: the average user spends 50 minutes a day on Facebook – almost an hour! Social media is becoming part of our natural lives – we’re willing to devote a crucial hour to it, even after working 8+ hours and spending time with our families and friends.
February 2017 – The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival is held every year in the southwest of Australia during the third week of August. Last year was the first year that the festival introduced show gardens constructed by both local organizations and landscape designers to provide the consumer with new ideas and solutions.
Jan. 1, 2017, Toronto – The first garden centre in Red Deer, Alberta, Parkland Nurseries & Garden Centre is one of two winners of the 2016 Retailer of Distinction Award from the Canadian Gift Association (CanGift).
November 2017 – There are many factors that affect the rates, prices and tariffs paid for utilities and services. At many floriculture, horticulture and manufacturing facilities these costs are nearly 40 per cent of the operating budget and sometimes more. Adding to the concern is the possibility of costly billing errors by different utilities and service providers.
Oct. 30, 2017, Langley, B.C. – Bevo Agro Inc. is celebrating a record-setting year.
September 2017 – It’s the trade show/conference season, the chance to review the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Or will soon be offering.
July 7, 2017, Lambton Shores, Ont. – Arie Alblas, production manager with Roelands Plant Farms Inc. since it broke ground in 2013, is transitioning into the role of account manager and crop specialist.
August 2017, Simcoe, Ont. – It’s only fitting for an editorial written on Fathers’ Day to offer timely advice to younger readers: “Hold on tight.”
June 2017 – “They” (whoever “they” are) say that the only thing that’s constant is change. We face change continually. Home, family circumstances, career, country … and businesses change. Change of crops, markets, employees, technology and eventually, if they survive long enough, ownership. Transition to a new owner is often difficult enough. Succession to a new generation within the family has particular challenges, and especially, for some reason, to a third generation.
July 2017 – Immigrants coming to Canada bring with them not only their own culture and food, but also distinct floral preferences. As Canada’s demographic makeup changes, this means new opportunities for flower growers in this country.
April 10, 2017, St. Jacobs, Ont. – There has never been more demand for making the most of your urban living space.
March 16, 2017, Toronto – Taking a stroll through the feature gardens in Canada Blooms this year, the presence of water is unmistakable.
March April 2017 – Within a five-minute drive from my home in a medium-size (90,000 residents) city in southwestern Ontario there are three major grocery retailers, a couple of specialty food shops and about 30 restaurants.
February 2017 – Growing exotic produce in greenhouses has been known since the 18th century, but growers attending the Pacific Agriculture Show (PAS) in Abbotsford, British Columbia, were told not to discount their commercial potential.
January 2017 – How do we get a realistic measurement on the “state of the industry?”
November 2017 – Last month we talked about the looming labour challenge in agriculture, and in particular in the greenhouse sector. The shortage has been identified by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) in its report, Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future.”
October 2017 – The best grower in Canada working with the most high-tech facilities with only premium varieties still needs one important factor in place before they can harvest and market a profitable crop.
May 31, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – The Ontario government’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could have significant impact on the province’s agri-food industry. The proposed changes were announced yesterday in response to the release of the final report from the Changing Workplaces Review.
May 29, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn recently released the Changing Workplaces Review.
Over the many years that I’ve helped teams strengthen trust with their customers and co-workers, I’ve discovered that typical approaches to enhancing teamwork not only don’t work – they’re actually counter-productive. Here are three common approaches to strengthening teamwork, and why you should take a different approach to building stronger bonds within your team.
March 19, 2017, Mississauga, Ont. – Seasonal workers from five Caribbean countries and Mexico have already begun arriving on Ontario fruit and vegetable farms as a supplement to local labour for the upcoming growing season.
June 13, 2017, Chicago, IL – Thousands of produce industry executives are arriving in Chicago this week to attend the United Fresh Produce Association’s Annual FreshMKT & FreshTEC Expos and Convention (June 13-15).
March April 2017 – A pair of longtime industry volunteers have been honoured by Flowers Canada Ontario during presentations at this year’s AGM.
Jan. 19, 2017, Jordan, Ont. – John Valk has added another accolade to his already highly distinguished career in greenhouse horticulture.
Jan. 18, 2017, Jordan, Ont. – A long-time volunteer has received this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award from Flowers Canada Ontario.
November 2016 – They’re greenhouse vegetable growers, flower growers, specialty crop specialists or plant retailers, and they’re this year’s Top 10 Under 40 award winners. While they may have different crops or businesses, they all share the same passion for plants.
Sept. 21, 2016, Stratford, Ont. – Adrian and Jodi Roelands of Roelands Plant Farms Inc. have been selected as Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016.
Nov. 7, 2017, Santa Cruz, CA – The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signalling that “smart” greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production.
Oct. 26, 2017, Mississauga, Ont. – What is the potential for raspberry and blackberry production, including indoor crops?
Oct. 18, 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – Want to check out some of the latest horticulture research of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre? It’s just a click away.
Aug. 23, 2017, Vineland Station, Ont. – There’s a plant inside the greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) that could change the tomato eating experience forever.
Aug. 21, 2017, Calgary – Nectar, the high-energy 'honey' produced by flowers, might be a brilliant distraction technique to help protect a flower's reproductive parts, according to new research.
August 2017 – Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. And now work is underway to ensure Canadian farmers can also access sweet potato cuttings – called slips – right here at home.

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